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King Curtis

King Curtis was the last of the great R&B tenor sax giants. Born Curtis Ousley in Fort Worth, Texas, he came to prominence in the mid-'50s as a session musician in New York, recording, at one time or another, for most East Coast R&B labels. A long association with Atco/Atlantic began in 1958, especially on recordings by the Coasters. He recorded singles for many small labels in the '50s -- his own Atco sessions (1958-1959), and Prestige/New Jazz and Prestige/Tru-Sound for jazz and R&B albums (1960-1961). Curtis also had a number one R&B single with "Soul Twist" on Enjoy (1962). He was signed by Capitol (1963-1964), where he cut mostly singles, including the number 20 R&B hit "Soul Serenade." He returned to Atco/Atlantic in 1965, where he remained for the rest of his life. He had solid R&B single success with "Memphis Soul Stew" and "Ode to Billie Joe" (1967). Beginning in 1967, Curtis started to take a more active studio role at Atlantic, leading and contracting sessions for other artists, producing with Jerry Wexler, and later on his own. He also became the leader of Aretha Franklin's backing unit, the Kingpins. He compiled several albums of singles during this period. All aspects of his career were in full swing at the time he was murdered in 1971. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. ~ Bob Porter
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Memphis Soul Stew

1. Memphis Soul Stew

5. The Birth Of The Blues

6. Spanish Harlem

8. Soul Theme

9. I've Been Loving You Too Long

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Track List: Sweet Soul / Everybody's Talkin'

1. (Theme From) Valley Of The Dolls

2. Soul Serenade

4. Sweet Inspiration

5. By The Time I Get To Phoenix

6. Spooky

7. Honey

9. The Look Of Love

10. (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay

11. Groove Me

12. You're The One

13. Honky Tonk

14. Love The One You're With

15. If I Were A Carpenter

16. Everybody's Talkin'

17. Ridin' Thumb

18. Alexander's Ragtime Band

19. Central Park

21. Ridin' Thumb-Jam

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Track List: Plays The Great Memphis Hits / King Size Soul

1. Knock On Wood

2. Good To Me

4. When Something Is Wrong With My Baby

5. Green Onions

6. You Don't Miss Your Water

7. Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Sad Song

8. In The Midnight Hour

10. I've Been Loving You Too Long

11. Last Night

12. Jump Back

14. A Whiter Shade Of Pale

15. For What It's Worth

16. To Sir, With Love

17. Memphis Soul Stew

18. When A Man Loves A Woman

19. I Never Loved A Man-The Way I Love You

22. I Was Made To Love Her

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Track List: The Best Of King Curtis

1. Tanya

4. Misty

5. Soul Twist

6. Sister Sadie

7. Night Train

9. Soul Serenade

10. The Peter Gunn Theme

11. One Mint Julep

13. Hide Away

14. More Soul

17. Summer Dream

18. Watermelon Man

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Track List: Do Your Thing

1. Memphis Soul Stew

2. Jump Back

3. Instant Groove

4. Last Night

5. When A Man Loves A Woman

6. I've Been Loving You Too Long

7. Sing A Simple Song

8. I Heard It Through The Grapevine

9. I Was Made To Love Her

11. Hold On I'm Coming

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Track List: Azure

1. Close Your Eyes

2. Unchained Melody

3. Offshore

4. Nearness Of You

5. Misty

6. Stranger

7. When I Fall In Love

8. It Ain't Necessarily So

9. Our Love Is Here To Stay

10. My Love Is Your Love

11. Sweet And Lovely

12. Azure

13. The Lone Prairie

14. Jaywalk

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Track List: Live At The Fillmore West

1. Memphis Soul Stew (Live)

2. A Whiter Shade Of Pale (Live)

3. Whole Lotta Love (Live)

4. I Stand Accused (Live)

5. Changes (Live)

6. Ode To Billie Joe (Live)

7. Mr. Bojangles (Live)

8. Signed Sealed Delivered I'm Yours (Live)

9. Soul Serenade (Live)

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What a Sweet Sax!!! He really is so smooth!!! Love It !!!! ✨✨❤️
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A sweet soul stew,no.1...
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One of the GREATEST SAX PLAYERS of
ALL TIME!!!!!!!! !
I miss him sooooooooo much........ . : ' ( . . . . . . . . . .
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Excellent tune, kinda reminds me of "The Stroll" ? if I remember right. Shame on whoever stopped such talent.
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Whattt a great sound me be 71 this year make me feel goooood gracias that u
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Jamming,this s**t. is great!!!
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Mmmmmm...sou n d s so good, out of sight!
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King Curtis an artist of my time for all the party I use to go to in Trinidad .
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King Curtis all right baby.
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K.C. U CAN BLOW.....
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Saw his band when he backed Aretha in the 70s. Was murdered in my city and home state unfortunatel y .
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Great Sound King Curtis
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I was 14 wen they cut this record . Just a puppy
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Such a tasty musician.
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Excellent rendition of Spanish Harlem
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"I Stand Accused (Live)"Sharp as a knife.
A-Blast*978* ~ 6 m 1 4 y ~
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ferg2513
Opened for Beatles at Shea stadium on their first visit....smo k i n g on Live at
Fillmore West w/aretha.
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King Curtis is the king of saxophone makes want to be striper dancers
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Mmmm...King Curtis is good!
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King Curtis is irreplaceabl e . . . . . . . . .
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Great and powerful arrangement
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This is beautiful... . . . . . . Ace cannon, sorry bud think I found a new second favorite.... .
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Today music and the music of the late 60's through the 70's are so different, like night and day. The feeling I get from the past are groovy and now I cannot relate. To old I guess
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g.cylin
not all of us young kids have bad taste in muisc
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g.cylin
MAN he can play this song slaps
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had no idea Billy Preston played organ on this album.I had the 8 track in my car and played it wherever I went.It became the soundtrack to my life in late 60s......... . . . . . . w i s h I was back in the 60s........n o I am healthier now,thank you!
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Mmmmmm-good!
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King Curtis is THe Man when it comes to Low-Down Instrumental Blues!!!
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I delivered a package to him in 1963, he gave me the biggest tip I ever got, he was a KING.
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dead.vinyl
hendrix played guitar behind this guy. live and on record in the mid and early sixties. which ones? good luck.
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A GREAT SOUND FOR MUSIC LOVERS!
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He owned a building in Manhattan, NYC. He was trying to deal with some local hoodlums and they killed him. A great talent lost to the city misery.
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budcortfans
You should hear him play Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love"! Fantastic!!
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frank.lopez
Can deliver Mean a** sax or smooth serenade
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Wiggle Wobble I will always fondly remember listening and dancing to!
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jazz or r&b King




Jazz or R&B King Curtis was the lick

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ridin thumb very cool
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Now that is some BAD Sax!!!
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AAAAHHHHHH THAT WAS NICE.....
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bkimbrou
absolutely love it. play it at my desk at work
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HEAR SOUL SERENADE BY MR. WILLIE MITCHELL !!!!!
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Soul Serenade is the best I have ever heard. I have not heard it played on Pandora.BW
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I'm new to the King Curtis experience. All I have to say is that every time his songs come on Pandora, I'm checking the site to see who's playing. This is what smooth jazz is all about.

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